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October 29: The Cracow Duo

The Crakow Duo – cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer – perform works by Chopin, Padereweski, Stojowski, Szymanowski, Różycki, and Tansman.

Jan Kalinowski studied in Cracow, Paris, and Stuttgart with Witold Herman, Paul Julien, and Peter Buck. He has also taken part in master classes given by David Geringas, Ivan Monighetti, and Arto Noras. He has held grants from Polish and foreign foundations, as well as the City of Cracow and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He has received awards and favorable reviews at numerous competitions and festivals. He has recorded for radio and television, including the cello concertos by Witold Lutosławski (Lebanese National Orchestra, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic) and Marek Stachowski (Beethoven Academy Orchestra). At present he focuses on the cello works by Chopin, Tansman, Rożycki, Stojowski, Lutosławski, and Penderecki.

Marek Szlezer is one of the most sought-after Polish pianists of his generation. His career started with the Grand Prix at the International Piano Competition in Rome at the age of 12. He has studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, the Music Academy in Cracow, and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium with Ewa Bukojemska, Abdel Rahman El Bach, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Marcella Crudeli. He has held grants from Polish and foreign foundations, as well as the City of Cracow and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He is a prizewinner of many prestigious competitions in Poland and abroad. Many of his awards are for the interpretation of Chopin’s music. One of his recitals was on a historic piano once owned by the composer. He has performed with leading orchestras, including the English Chamber Orchestra and the National Polish Radio SO, and at such venues as the Palais des Beaux Arts, Salle Cortot, the Wigmore Hall, and St. Martin-in-the-fields. At present he concentrates on the music of Polish composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.